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Nexus 5 Render Brings Leak to Life



When Google announced Android 4.4 KitKat, it also erected a statue to commemorate the occasion. And while the company wanted the focus of the raising of the Android 4.4 KitKat statue to be the focus, the event also seemed to reveal an unknown Nexus smartphone that some believe could be the rumored Nexus 5.

The video, which showed Google putting the Android 4.4 KitKat statue up on its campus, showed a man holding a Nexus device that didn’t and doesn’t resemble any known Nexus smartphone on the planet. The brief sighting led Google to mysteriously pull the Android 4.4 KitKat video for unexplained reasons, leading many to wonder whether it had just shown off a new Nexus smartphone.

Rumors have been swirling in regards to a Nexus 5, possibly built by LG, possibly built by Motorola, that will be coming later on this year with a new version of Android. Whispers have suggested a launch in October and thus, this sighting has brought about a ton of excitement in the Android world.

Read: Is This the Nexus 5?.

This Nexus 5 render is based on a leak from Google's Android 4.4 video.

This Nexus 5 render is based on a leak from Google’s Android 4.4 video.

While we still aren’t sure if the device in question is the Nexus 5, Yugatech has created a Nexus 5 render that is based off of the device that we saw emerge in the video. The device features the large Nexus lettering on the back, a large camera sensor in the top left corner, and it even features the disputable LG logo that many believe was on board the device in the video.

The device features a black finish like the device from Google’s video and ultimately, it offers a fantastic up close look at what might just be Google’s new Nexus smartphone.

Is this the Nexus 5?

Is this the Nexus 5?

Of course, this is still unconfirmed and it could be that the device was a prototype or a device within a protective shell to shield the actual design from view. it could also have been Google trolling ahead of the real Nexus 5 unveiling. It is, however, telling that the company took down the video shortly after the device was discovered and started making the rounds.

Whatever the case may be, Google typically announces and releases a new Nexus smartphone in the fourth quarter of the year so we should get a glimpse at the actual Nexus 5 in the weeks ahead.

Rumors suggest that it will either be a Motorola Nexus that isn’t like the Moto X or perhaps an LG Nexus 5 that is based, in part, upon the LG G2 that is scheduled to hit the United States in the month of September.



  1. Miguel S.

    09/05/2013 at 3:44 pm

    Based on the video capture, how big do you think the phone’s screen is (if it’s a phone)?

  2. John Zampier

    09/05/2013 at 3:56 pm

    Well, LG Optimus G was announced Aug. 28th, followed by the Nexus 4 Oct. 29th (based on Optimus G. LG G2 was announced Aug. 7th, which is likely to be the phone this is based off of. So, 5.2″ since it would probably be more cost effective to use an already into production 5.2″ screen than modify it down to 5″. It’s also likely that it won’t be much larger than the Nexus 4 with the slim bezels they were able to achieve with the G2.

  3. J millz

    09/05/2013 at 6:02 pm

    The nexus 5 will be an Asus made phone. Not LG. The phone looks nothing like a G2. It looks like an N7.

    • John Zampier

      09/05/2013 at 6:31 pm

      The Nexus 4 doesn’t look much like the Optimus G either. No denying the LG symbol on the back though.

  4. matt

    09/05/2013 at 6:24 pm

    @ J millz – You don’t know that for sure. That’s just what has been said in rumors. According to this photo, it looks like your wrong, and it’s LG once again. Nobody said it LOOKED like the LG Optimus, but that it has the same HARDWARE.

  5. abrahavt

    09/05/2013 at 6:29 pm

    I think they got the small bezels on the G2 by moving the keys to the back.

    • John

      09/08/2013 at 7:10 pm

      The smaller bezels on the LG G2 were achieved by doing two touch controllers instead of one thus allowing you to thin out the bezel as you can make the actual lines running through across the sensor area about half overall size they would be (as is they overlap higher and higher) so adding another touch controller to the other end means half the lines on one side and half the lines on the other side thus resulting in literally half the needed space to run the lines allowing you to make the bezels thinner. No one gets that the bezels actually had a practical reason for being the size they were XD

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